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Alumni Awards Recipients

Alumni Achievement Awards 

The Alumni Achievement Award is given annually to an alumnus/alumna for outstanding achievements in their field. This award was originally recognized as the Issachar Hoopes Eldridge Award and was reestablished in 1978 as the Alumni Recognition Award. In 1987, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association voted to change the name again to the Alumni Achievement Award in order to more accurately reflect the various achievements alumni are making in their fields.

2019 Award Recipients

Andrea “Ange” Giannetti ‘89 | Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Ange Giannetti is a top studio executive and producer with over 25 years of film production experience. Ange currently serves as executive vice  president, production for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s motion picture group, where she has produced both popular and critical hits such as  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Zero Dark Thirty, The Equalizer, and many more.

Alma Powell ‘59 | Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Alma J. Powell is one of the nation’s most long standing advocates for children and youth. A successful author and speaker, Alma has helped advance the cause for young people in need for more than four decades. As chair of the Board of Directors for America’s Promise Alliance, Alma has helped lead over 350 partner networks’ in improving the lives of young people by connecting them to the resources essential for success. She also helps guide the Alliance’s GradNation Campaign, an initiative to raise the nation’s high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020. Alma also served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2010 to 2012.

Scott Ratzan ‘86 | Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Scott Ratzan, M.D., M.P.A., has a long history of improving global health and well-being initiatives through means of strategic diplomacy and communication. Most recently, he served as the Founding President of the Anheuser Busch InBev Foundation before transitioning to Senior Strategic Advisor and Board member. Currently, Dr. Ratzan is a Senior Fellow at Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. He also continues his 24th year as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.

Alexander Freeman ‘14 | Young Alumni Award Recipient

Alexander Freeman is an award-winning filmmaker and public speaker with cerebral palsy. With a background in short narratives and feature-length documentary filmmaking, Alexander specializes in minority-focused, human interest films. As Founder, CEO, President and Owner of OUTCAST PRODUCTIONS, Alexander and his team are devoted to producing and distributing thought-provoking films on disability, sexuality, identity, race, abuse, poverty and women's rights.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

2010–2018

2018
Drew Daywalt ’92
Frederick Nnoma-Addison ’02
Howard Zweig ’68

2017
Dorothy Aufiero '80
Emily Rubin, MS '97
Olen Steinhauer, MFA '99

2016
Jared Bowen ’98
​Naketha Mattocks ’94
​Alyce Myatt ’74

2015
Pamela Abdy ’95
Carole Charnow ’79
Mike Gonzalez ’83
Bethany Nelson ’82, PhD

2014
Tisa Jackson '95
David Klotz '94
Tara Sandler '84
Scott Wittman '76

2013
Aaron Snipe '94
Joel Stillerman '84
Susan Wornick '71

2012
Bonnie Comley G’94
Paul Santinelli ‘91

2011
Bonnie Brescia ‘82
Brad Epstein ‘85
Tony Goldman ‘65
Raj Sharma G’83

2010
Judith Johnson Elder ‘67
Michael Mendenhall ‘84
Clyde Terry ‘74

2000–2009

2009
Holly Bario ‘89
Susan Banks ‘76
Larry Rasky ‘77

2008
Alan Clendenning ‘87
Sandra Goldfarb ‘78
Michael McCusker ‘88

2007
Jay Bienstock ‘87
Lucia Cottone ‘92

2006
Victoria ‘Tory’ Johnson x’92
Teresa Anne Nance ‘73
Paul Tetreault ‘84

2005
Brent Jennings ‘74
Denise Kaigler ‘85
Wayne Larrivee ‘77

2004
Maxine Baker ‘73
Randy Barbato ‘82
Rev. John Coffee
William J. Miller ‘74
Richard Charles Willis ‘79

2003
Paul Beck ‘69
Bill Bordy ‘58
Kathryn ‘Kate’ Boutilier ‘81
Elspeth Cypher ‘80
Jim Vescera ‘78

2002
Susan Batson ‘64
Neil Davin ’72, G’79
Morton Dean Dubitsky ‘57
Ira Goldstone ‘71
Tobie S. Stein ‘79

2001
Douglas Holloway ‘76
Judith Spector Huret G’69
Richard LaGravenese ‘80
Evelyn Franz Woolston-May ‘47
Stephen Young ‘62

2000
Kevin Bright ‘76
Marsha Glines ‘70
Howard Atlee Heilen ‘50
Richard Levy ‘68
Michael Marge ‘52
Robert Mehrman ‘51
Stephen Shipps
Bernie Sweet ‘60

1990–1999

1999
Francine Berger
Barry Freeman G’71
Doug Herzog ‘81
Al Jaffe ‘68
Gaynelle Griffin Jones ‘69
Glenn Meehan ‘83

1998
Alicia D. Brown ’76, M’79
Sara Green ‘81
Gary H. Grossman ‘70
Judythe Kerman Isserlis ’67, M’69
Bobbi Brown Plofker ‘79

1997
Iris J. Burnett ’68, G’70
Pamela M. Cross ‘75
Don DeMesquita ‘70
Robert Fleming
Dr. Norman M. Lear ’44, H’68
Robert W. Mullen Ph.D., ’60, G’62
Franklin H. Silverman Ph.D. ‘60

1996
Roberta “Bobbi” Binder Aungst ‘61
Gary Grossman ‘70
Everett “Rett” Rich ’64, G’68
Sybil Siegel Tonkonogy ‘58
Steven Wright ‘78
Dr. Mickey Zemon

1995
Gary Berkowitz ‘73
Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook ‘76
Jeff Goldstein’66
Helen Ellis Klim ‘51
Susan Elizabeth Lezon ‘80
Che Madyun ‘75
Michael Patti ‘76
Marillyn Tufte Zacharis

1994
Noma Bennett Anderson G’73
George Exoo ‘64
David Glodt ‘70
Stephen Langley ’60 G’61
Walt Littlefield
Peter Meade ‘70
Arthur Teitelbaum ‘60
John Wentworth ‘81

1993
Ken Catandella
Ed Conture ‘67
Linda Corradina ‘81
Denis Leary ‘79
Ric Poole ‘69
Howard Rogut ‘68
Barbara Segal Rutberg ‘68
Mary Sweig Wilson G’65

1992
Jeremy Alliger ‘75
Michele Gillen ‘77
Tim Kelly ‘55
Charles J. Klim ’50, G’53
Paul Kreppel ‘69
Elma Ina Lewis ‘43
Kim Swann ‘81
Sema Ullian

1991
Dr. Phil Amato ’60, G’61
Joe Boren ‘69
Sean Driscoll ‘60
Myra Gutin '70
Doug Herzog ‘81
Lloyd Roach ‘71
Charles Rosen ‘68
Arleen Sorkin ‘77
Julian Wolinsky ‘59

1990
Kathie Berlin ‘65
Bill Dana ‘50
Vin Di Bona ’66, H’94
Howard Feuer ‘70
Jeff Greenhawt ‘68
Dr. Jacqueline W. Liebergott
Frank S. Napal III ’69, G’70
Rick Sosny ‘70
Henry Winkler ‘67

1980–1989

1989
C. Thomas Bauer ‘68
Chris Beck ’68, G’69
Spalding Gray ‘65
Jay Leno ‘73
Andrea Martin ‘69
Dallas Mayr ‘68
Eugene Roche ‘53
A.Brooks Russell ’72, G’76

1988
Edithe Avery ‘40
Bruce Barbieri ‘69
Randolph W. Brooksbank ‘69
Sally Wimmer Fishman ‘38
John Goodman ‘70
Dr. Bernadette MacPherson ‘53
Phil Ramuno ‘68
Helen Rose 
Barbara Segal Rutberg ‘68
Al Valletta ‘63

1987
Mario Cantone ‘82
Gayle Carson ‘59
Martha Hansen ‘77
Robbie Jason ‘82
Sidney Myer ‘71
Anna Hamilton Phelan ‘65
Dr. Edna Ward ‘55
John C. Zacharis ’58, G’59, H’92

1986
Harry Morgan ’59, G’65
George Quenzel

1985
Paul Beck ‘69
William Bordy ‘58
Helen Cross ‘76
Haig Der Marderosian ’54, G’56

1984
Janet Bookspan ‘54
Irma DiRusso ‘47
Frances Crowley LaShoto ’44, G’47
Louise Pellegrino
Lincoln Stulik ‘58

1983
Vin DiBona ‘66
Ruth Mansur Fritz H’88
Lawrence H. Lentz ‘69
Patricia Moeser ‘70
Colette Phillips ‘76

1982
Kenneth C. Crannell ’55, G’57
Debra Jane Douden Lentz ‘69
Dr. Vito Silvestri G’59

1981
Richard Dysart ’56, H’83
Marcia Southwick Levis ‘73
David Maynard ‘51
June Hamblin Mitchell ’35, G’44
Oliver Woodruff H’79

1980
Rev. W. David Crockett ‘41
Jeffrey Goldstein ‘66
Thomas N. Lux ‘70
Leonidas A. Nickole ’49, H’63

1978–1979

1979
Richard D. Rapiti ‘69

1978
John Gantos, Jr. ‘76
Robert D. Gatti ‘64
Kenneth W. Mellgren ‘68
Dr. Albert T. Murphy ‘49
Leonidas A. Nickole ’49, H’63
Camille Poisson Pantalone ‘43

Past Young Alumni Achievement Award Winners

The Young Alumni Achievement Award is given to an alumnus/alumna who has already begun making their mark in their chosen profession and has graduated within the last 10 years.

2018 Stacey Barney, MFA '04 and Emily Skeggs '12
2017 Barry Pousman '06 & Jae Williams '08, MA '16
2016 Opus Moreschi ’00
2015 Flora Charner '04
2014 Jason E. Grossman '02 & Shira Lazar '04
2013 Seth Grahame-Smith '98
2012 Veronica Belmont ’04 & Jason Castriota ‘97
2011 Morgan First ‘06
2010 Brendan McCarthy ‘04
2009 Iliza Shlesinger ‘05
2008 Maria Menounous ‘00
2006 Sam Presti ‘00
2004 Alex Tse ‘98
2003 Glenn Jones ‘99